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‘History is happening’: Black Built Pitt organizers reflect on project

By Abby Cardilli, Staff Writer March 2, 2022
The Black Built Pitt digital archive is the fourth installment of Pitt’s “Black Lives in Focus” initiative.
Opinion | Black History Month should be every month

Opinion | Black History Month should be every month

By Ashanti McLaurin, Staff Columnist February 28, 2022
Every month should be Black History Month. I feel Black people should unapologetically show off their achievements every month.
A roundup of Black History Month events in Pittsburgh

A roundup of Black History Month events in Pittsburgh

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor February 11, 2022
Whether you’re looking to celebrate with music, a history lecture or indulge in some food, there’s something for you during Black History Month in Pittsburgh.
Actress Jurnee Smollett speaks to a crowd of Pitt students at “An Evening with Jurnee Smollett” hosted by the Black Action Society and Pitt Program Council at the William Pitt Union Wednesday night.

‘Good representation is essential’: Jurnee Smollett talks Black voices at PPC event

By Maria Scanga, Senior Staff Writer February 4, 2022
In partnership with Pitt’s Black Action Society, the Pitt Program Council hosted “An Evening with Jurnee Smollett” at the William Pitt Union Wednesday night.
The Pitt Athletics primary Twitter account had 17 tweets in February surrounding Black History Month, with a greater volume of content coming toward the end of the month.

Pitt Athletics alums share concerns over Black History Month efforts

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 7, 2021
Pitt Athletics alumni said they saw the athletic department bring attention to Black History Month this year for the first time in a significant way, but shared many concerns they hope the department will address in the future.
Eric Beeko, Yolanda Covington-Ward and Michele Reid-Vazquez (left to right) each teach in the Africana Studies department.

‘Find it all’: Africana Studies department reflects on teaching Black history, culture

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer March 10, 2021
Professors in the Africana Studies department have worked to highlight the department’s courses as well as Black history and culture throughout the year, but especially during Black History Month in February.
A panel met in the evening on Feb. 24  to discuss how the University has and should continue to improve the Black Pitt experience. Clyde Wilson Pickett, the vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, introduced the annual Black History Month event, hosted in honor of Pitt’s very own K. Leroy Irvis.

Black Pitt alumni and students reflect on experiences in ‘Blue, Gold & Black’ panel

By Priya Ray and Ashton Crawley March 8, 2021
A panel of Black Pitt alumni and students met in the evening on Feb. 24 for Pitt’s signature K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month program titled “Blue, Gold & Black: Reflections Of The Black Pitt Experience Through The Years.”
John Woodruff from Connellsville won a Gold Medal in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany.

Pitt boasts rich track & field Olympic history

By Eddie Lasker, Staff Writer February 26, 2021
As Black History Month comes to a close, relive four iconic stories of Pitt track and field Olympians — tales filled with resiliency, dominance and inspiration.
Bobby Grier was a fullback and linebacker, and only Black player on the team in 1956, for Pitt football from 1952-55.  Now, he is 88 years old, and known as the man who integrated the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 1956.

Column | Bobby Grier belongs in the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame immediately

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer February 24, 2021
Legendary Pitt football alum Bobby Grier, who integrated the Sugar Bowl in 1956, must be part of Pitt Athletics’ next Hall of Fame class
Keke Palmer spoke at a Zoom event Monday about her identity as an artist, activist and Black woman in the entertainment industry for Black History Month, sponsored by Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society.

Keke Palmer discusses stardom, sexism and Black Lives Matter at virtual event

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer February 24, 2021
Palmer brought her talents to Pitt on Monday to discuss her identity as an artist, activist and Black woman in the entertainment industry in a Zoom event for Black History Month, sponsored by Pitt Program Council and Black Action Society.
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